UN extends mandate of US military forces in Iraq

December 19, 2007
The UN Security Council has voted to extend the mandate of the US-led coalition in Iraq for another year.

The move comes at the request of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who says he hopes it will be his nation’s final request for a continued military presence.

Around 150,000 foreign soldiers, the vast majority of them American, are still stationed in Iraq.

Al-Maliki says he wants their presence to be reviewed in June with a view to total withdrawal by the end of 2008.

Hey – I thought the word on the street is that the Iraqis don’t want us there. Someone quick – let the Dissidents know.